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Nine Nominated For 2015 Collier Trophy

Airbus A35 XWB, Blue Origin New Shepard Team On The List, As Is One Head-Scratcher

The National Aeronautic Association announced Tuesday that nine aerospace projects and accomplishments will compete for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

For 104 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually “… for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America”, it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history. Past winners include the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry, and Howard Hughes. Projects and programs which have been the recipient of the Collier include the B-52, the Polaris Missile, the Surveyor Moon Landing Program, the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, the F-22, and the International Space Station. The 2014 Collier was awarded to Gulfstream Aerospace for the development of the G650.

The 2015 Nominees are:

  • Airbus A350 XWB
  • Blue Origin’s New Shepard Team
  • C-5M Super Galaxy
  • Dawn Project Team
  • HA-420 HondaJet
  • ICON A5
  • New Horizons Project Team
  • Two Eagles Balloon Team
  • UCAS-D Autonomous Aerial Refueling Demonstration

Led by NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh, the Selection Committee will consist of leaders representing various organizations throughout aerospace. Jonathan Gaffney, President & CEO of NAA, will serve as the Director of the selection process and is a non-voting member of the Committee.

From our perspective, the ICON A5 is not an obvious choice, as the aircraft has been far behind schedule, and despite offering some innovations ... and flying last summer at AirVenture ... it has been elusive for those who long ago placed deposits and have yet to see a true production airplane.

“The Collier is the Super Bowl of the world’s aerospace industry, and this list of nominees certainly reflects it,” said Jim Albaugh, Chairman of the National Aeronautic Association and Chairman of the Selection Committee. “These are all extremely worthy nominations, and they each demonstrate the vitality of our industry.”

The Selection Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 8th in Arlington, Virginia, and the winner will be announced that evening at the NAA Spring Awards Dinner held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

The formal presentation of the Collier Trophy will take place at a later date and location to be determined.

The Selection Committee includes:

  • Mark Baker, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • David Balloff, Embraer
  • Tom Bell, Boeing
  • Bob Brown, Academy of Model Aeronautics
  • Steve Brown, National Business Aviation Association
  • Steve Callaghan, Chairman - NAA Awards and Events Committee
  • Brian Chase, Bell Helicopter
  • Leda Chong, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • David Coleal, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Jack Dailey, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Bob Durbin, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Barry Eccleston, Airbus Americas
  • Randall Greene, Safe Flight Instrument Corporation
  • Mike Heuer, International Aerobatic Club
  • T. C. Jones, Northrop Grumman
  • Krisstie Kondrotis, Spirit Aerosystems
  • Dr. John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Dr. Samantha Magill, Honda Aircraft Company
  • Dr. Sandy Magnus, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Dave Manke, United Technologies
  • Mary Miller, BBA Aviation
  • Stan O'Connor, General Electric Aviation
  • Ken Panos, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Steve Plummer, Rolls-Royce, North America
  • Skip Ringo, The Ringo Group
  • Jean Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon
  • Bob Rubino, Lockheed Martin
  • John Stammreich, Aero Club of Southern California
  • Laurie Sussman, Rockwell Collins
  • Max Trescott, Aero Club of Northern California
  • Mark Van Tine, Jeppessen

(Source: NAA news release. Images from file. Image provided by NAA)

FMI: www.naa.aero

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